Start a Club, looking to start a club? Follow these steps:

Start a Club

Thank you for your interest in starting a new club. You may submit a petition to start a club for the 2021-2022 academic year starting Monday, September 20, 2021.

Recognized student clubs enjoy benefits like:

  • use of campus spaces
  • the freedom to promote their club and events on campus
  • and the opportunity to apply for ASI Club Funding (subject to availability and eligibility).

To start a club...

Step 1: Check for club availability.

Search the Organization Directory to make sure that no other club exists with a similar purpose.

Step 2: Recruit 5 members and an advisor.

  • Find five currently enrolled Cal Poly students who would like to be a part of the club.
  • Find a Cal Poly State University employee who would be willing to serve as the club's advisor.
    Tip: Find the contact information for faculty and staff on your Cal Poly Portal, "Home" tab, "Simple Search."

Step 3: Complete and Submit the Petition and Bylaws

Cal Poly will accept petitions and bylaw submissions during the following dates: 

Petition Timeline 2021-2022

Quarter first day to submit last day to submit
Fall 2021 Monday, September 20, 2021 Friday, October 15, 2021
Winter 2022 Monday, January 3, 2022 Friday, January 28, 2022
Spring 2022 Monday, March 28, 2022 Friday, April 22, 2022

Petitions and bylaws must be submitted on or prior to the last day to submit for consideration during that quarter. Submission timelines allow the Clubs & Organizations Office to investigate petitions and bylaws prior to an evaluation by the Recognized Student Organization (RSO) Petition Committee on the last week of each quarter.


Register the Organization

If the committee determines your Petition for University Recognition and bylaws are in order, you will receive an email notification to have your President/Primary Contact register the organization through Cal Poly Now.

For additional step-by-step instructions on what is involved in starting a new Cal Poly club, see the Cal Poly RSO Handbook

Does your prospective club have clearly defined learning outcomes? Could it have a strong connection to a college or department at Cal Poly? If so, take a look at the criteria for recognition as an Instructionally Related Activity (IRA).

For the average student, a club and an IRA may look similar, but for you as a potential leader of the organization, they would behave differently. Whereas a club can act independently, serving any number of interests, an IRA will work closely with a college or department, benefiting from support in the form of funds, facility use, and supplies. It's a good idea to explore both options before petitioning for recognition because a group cannot occupy dual status as a club and an IRA.

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